Kaiser Chiefs gets the music going at Glastonbury Festival

Fri Jun 27, 2014 10:25am EDT
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By Paul Sandle

PILTON England (Reuters) - Kaiser Chiefs kicked off three days of music at the Glastonbury Festival on Friday, with lead singer Ricky Wilson singing "I predict a riot" to a good natured crowd made even more amenable by a halt in the rain.

The British band were the surprise opener at the event at Worthy Farm in rural southwest England, which is as famous for its mud as for its line up.

"Glastonbury we are honored to kick off your weekend of fun," Wilson told revelers.

The festival started in 1970, when hippies paid one pound to see acts including Marc Bolan, with free milk from the farm thrown in.

This year, more than 120,000 tickets priced at 215 pounds ($370) sold out in hours to people keen to hear live music from hundreds of bands and experience the other entertainment, including comedy, theater and circus acts.

More than 125,000 people were on the site by Friday lunchtime, festival organizers said.

Blondie, the U.S. band that has been going for 40 years, almost as long as the festival, attracted a huge crowd on the Other Stage on Friday afternoon to hear hits like "Atomic" and "Hanging on the Telephone".

"Glastonbury, nothing like it in the world," lead singer Debbie Harry told fans, adding the almost obligatory reference to the weather: "It's my wet dream."   Continued...

Singer Ricky Wilson of the band Kaiser Chiefs performs on the Other Stage at Worthy Farm in Somerset, on the third day of the Glastonbury music festival June 27, 2014. REUTERS/Cathal McNaughton